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Behrns wins silver medal at provincials

Cornerstone standout drops two matches to same player throughout championship
Kenzie Behrns finally found a player in Saskatchewan who could defeat her on the badminton court.

One. Single. Player.

Out of the hundreds of girls playing high school badminton in the province, across every Grade from 9 to 12 and after a series of playdowns beginning at the city level, only Shellbrook’s Marissa Skavlebo was able to best Behrns on the court – and as one can imagine, that made for a pretty big weekend for the Cornerstone Christian School standout at the provincial championships in Swift Current on Saturday.

Behrns – in only her first year as a senior-level player and in Grade 9 at that – reached the gold medal final in girls singles before falling 21-19, 21-14 to Skavlebo and claiming the silver medal.

That capped another remarkable weekend for the reigning city champion, after reaching provincials without dropping a single set in either districts or regionals.

Behrns opened the round robin portion of provincials with a 2-1 win over Notre Dame’s Ali Fournier before dropping a 2-1 decision to Skavlebo in her second game. That set up a crucial contest against Neilburg’s Ethel Borja, with Behrns more than up to the task and taking a 2-0 win to finish second in the pool.

That sent Behrns into the medal round semifinal, where she promptly found herself in a war: Meadow Lake’s Kayleen Oftedal had finished 3-0 in the other pool and was no shrinking violet herself. The end result was an epic battle, but a win for Behrns all the same as she won the first set 22-20 after a back-and-forth tilt before finishing things off with a 21-11 win in game two.

Estevan’s Ruth Pecson finished third with a 21-14, 21-10 win over Oftedal.